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Sammut desperate to make mark at Wigan

6th January 2019, 16:25 by Gareth Freeman

Jarrod Sammut is eager to make the most of his chance at Wigan Warriors and feels he has yet to reach his peak.

The Australian helped London Broncos secure promotion from the Championship last season and they had been keen for him to remain in the capital but Sammut decided to call time on his stay for family reasons.

Sammut, 31, says he never anticipated joining a club like Wigan - having last featured in the Super League in 2015 with Wakefield - and he is now desperate to make his mark for the defending champions.

He told The Mirror: "I was trying to get my head around how else I would provide for my family and come up with a job in the real world.

"I count my lucky stars that a club such as Wigan came forward, and now I’ve got the opportunity to play for one of the prestige clubs in Super League.

"A move like this didn’t cross my mind once."

He added: "I actually got a message from a mate in Australia asking me to pass my number on because he thought [new Wigan coach] Adrian Lam wanted to get in touch.

"At the time I wasn’t even aware he was at Wigan, but then I got a call from him asking me what I wanted to get out of the next years of my career.

"He said he was looking for a half and that I was his first choice - he thought I’d be perfect for the style he wants to play this season.

"He thought I could help the team go forward with my experience.

"I was really stunned at first and quite humbled because I’m not a whippersnapper any more.

"But I’m relishing the opportunity to pull on the cherry and white and play a part in the rich history of the club.

"I’d really like to lift my game here - I’ve still not reached my peak or best rugby, and the amount of competitiveness here can take my game to the next level."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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